Matt Dodge of the New York Giants punts during a game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on September 1, 2011 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
As you wait to find out who is staying with the New York Giants and who is going, here are some notes to keep you occupied for a bit.
Punter Matt Dodge knows he might lose his job with the Giants today. The second-year pro from East Carolina actually said he thinks today is "pretty exciting."
It’s pretty exciting to me. Coming from a real small town in North Carolina to now having the opportunity to be in New York again or be anywhere in the country or be back in North Carolina, I’m pretty excited about it.," Dodge said. "I’m not nervous at all, to be honest. We’ll see. Whatever happens, happens."
Dodge averaged 46.4 yards on 11 punts in preseason, with three touchbacks and three punts inside the 20. He had a net average of 34.9 yards per punt. Veteran Steve Weatherford averaged 46.2 yards on 11 punts, with two punts inside the 20 and four touchbacks. His net average of 43.9 yards per punt was considerably better than Dodge's.
This choice could go either way, and I give Dodge a ton of credit. Last season's struggles, and the competition, seem to have brought out the best in him.
Backup quarterback Sage Rosenfels has not played since the first preseason game due to illness and a back injury. The Giants have to choose between Rosenfels and David Carr today, and Rosenfels thinks he should get the job.
"I practiced for 17 weeks last year. I played in 46 preseason games over the course of 10 years and I missed a couple preseason games but with veterans you have something to go off of. The things they have done and you figure they can do that in the future," Rosenfels said. "It is not like I was injured all training camp and didn't practice. I did practice the first few weeks and played pretty well. I showed some things I can do and I feel like I know the offseason better and better every day. I know confidently that if Eli got hurt I could come in and win games for us."
Rosenfels also hopes the fact that he held for placekicker Lawrence Tynes a season ago factors into the backup quarterback decision.
"We went 17/18 last year when I was holding so we have very good rhythm and he has a huge amount of confidence in my holding abilities," Rosenfels said. "I think he wholeheartedly thinks I am the best holder in the league. I take a lot of pride in it and I take a lot of pride in the fact he had a very good season when I was holding."
Tynes, incidentally, kicked on Friday for the first time since suffering a thigh injury in the first preseason game. If he comes through OK today, that could be bad news for Rhys Lloyd.
"When you’re going from seeing if the biopsy shows the cancer has spread to other parts of your body or getting cut from the team, in the certain time period, they’re both very stressful. But I’d say life or death is a little bit worse," Herzlich said.